The Music of Black Americans: A History / Edition 3

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A new edition of the classic text on African American music.
Beginning with the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies, Eileen Southern weaves a fascinating narrative of intense musical activity. As singers, players, and composers, black American musicians are fully chronicled in this landmark book. Now in the third edition, the author has brought the entire text up to date and has added a wealth of new material covering the latest developments in gospel, blues, jazz, classical, crossover, Broadway, and rap as they relate to African American music.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The third edition of Southern's music and Afro-American studies, emerita, Harvard scholarly work chronicles the development of African American music, from the arrival of the first Africans at the English colonies in 1619 to the present. The evolution of various genres, instrumentation, minstrelsy, dance, religious aspects, recording companies, and musical theater are all dealt with meticulously. A chronology of important events at the beginning of each chapter and extensive bibliographies and discographies help greatly in navigating the massive amount of material. An important addition to this edition is expanded coverage of women composers and performers. The only drawback is the minimal coverage of the modern era: rhythm and blues, soul, rock'n'roll, and disco are covered in just ten pages. The social, cultural, and historical importance of this book make it essential for all libraries.Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393971415
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 678
  • Sales rank: 189,254
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Southern, Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University, founded and edited the journal The Black Perspective in Music (1973—90). She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Pt. 1 Song in a Strange Land 1619-1775
1 The African Legacy 3
2 The Colonial Era 23
Pt. 2 Let My People Go 1776-1865
3 Two Wars and the New Nation 63
4 Antebellum Urban Life 97
5 Antebellum Rural Life 151
6 The War Years and Emancipation 205
Pt. 3 Blow Ye the Trumpet 1865-1919
7 After the War 223
8 The New Century 265
9 Precursors of Jazz 313
Pt. 4 Lift Every Voice 1920-1996
10 The Jazz Age 365
11 The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond 404
12 The Mid-Century Decades 466
13 Singers, Instrumentalists, and Composers 523
14 Currents in Contemporary Arenas 567
Bibliography And Discography 611
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